Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2003

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Emporia man sentenced to nearly 60 years in kidnapping case
November 4, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 4:58 p.m.) A half dozen officers dressed in riot gear had to forcibly remove an Emporia man who became violent during his sentencing before a Douglas County judge Tuesday. And after he was hauled out, Scott Staggs was given a sentence of nearly 60 years in prison for his role in the March kidnapping of Josh Greemore from the Jayhawk Motel.
Fire victim’s body found by investigators
November 4, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 3:20 p.m.) A 19-hour search for a Douglas County woman came to an end Tuesday afternoon, after fire investigators found the body of 79-year-old Mary Powell in the remains of her home southwest of Lecompton.
Gift to establish KU business professorship
November 4, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 10:12 a.m.) The chairman of Fidelity State Bank and Trust in Topeka has donated $500,000 for a Kansas University professorship in business, the KU Endowment Association announced Tuesday.
Briefly
November 4, 2003
¢ Senators seek K.C. homeland security hub ¢ Truck driver pleads guilty in fatal crash ¢ Wheat seeding nearly complete in most areas
Bully tactics
November 4, 2003
Not simple
November 4, 2003
Risky intersection
November 4, 2003
Wilma A. Clark
November 4, 2003
James Henry Yost
November 4, 2003
Nebraska to start using ‘Ticket to Work’ program
People with disabilities will keep benefits
November 4, 2003
People with disabilities in Nebraska soon will be able to work without having to fear losing government health coverage under a program called “Ticket to Work.”
AT&T faces fine as first do-not-call violator
November 4, 2003
AT&T faces a $780,000 fine for reaching out and touching consumers who had asked to be left alone, federal regulators said Monday.
Polling places following growth
County to add precincts to accommodate voters
November 4, 2003
Patty Jaimes is electing to divide precincts and open new polling places to keep up with population growth in Lawrence and Eudora. Jaimes, Douglas County clerk, is mailing out letters and new voter-registration cards to 13,500 people whose voting patterns are about to change.
Congress gives final OK for reconstruction funding
November 4, 2003
Congress voted its final approval Monday for $87.5 billion for U.S. military operations and aid in Iraq and Afghanistan, a day after Americans in Iraq endured their worst casualties since March.
On the record
November 4, 2003
Sentencing rule change puts drug case in limbo
November 4, 2003
A man convicted a third time for cocaine possession found himself caught Monday between two versions of the state’s drug laws: the new one, which sends drug users to treatment, and the old one, which sends them to prison.
Iraq, Afghan conflicts take high toll on rural U.S.
November 4, 2003
Four of every 10 American military service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have come from small towns and rural places, according to analysis from Missouri Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton.
National caravan brings democratic message to town
November 4, 2003
They drive a pickup truck towing a patriotically painted trailer. They are a diverse group of idealists from all over the United States. They are hoping to change the face of American politics.
Scientists record three more solar flares
November 4, 2003
The sun fired at least three more salvos of highly charged particles toward Earth Sunday and Monday, and scientists said more explosions from the sun’s surface were likely.
Soybeans, prices beat expectations
November 4, 2003
Soybeans are producing surprises this year in Douglas County. The crop has bounced back from what many agriculture experts were predicting would be a near-barren harvest — and prices have unexpectedly jumped about 40 percent from year-ago levels.
Halloween reports include Stull visitors
November 4, 2003
A rifle assault, a handful of cemetery thrill-seekers and a suspicious man with candy were among the unusual reports made to police during the Halloween weekend.
Buyer sought for Eudora grain elevator
November 4, 2003
Eudora-area farmers are waiting to find out whether they’re losing their 90-year-old grain elevator. Jim Carpenter, owner of Eudora Feed and Grain, closed the elevator last week and auctioned off most of its equipment Wednesday. But he’s holding out hope the elevator, founded in 1913, will reopen under another buyer.
Commodities
November 4, 2003
Briefcase
November 4, 2003
¢ Ford, GM sales slump ¢ Survey: Retailers expect merry holiday season ¢ Putnam replaces CEO
Federal critique assesses home health care statewide
Visiting Nurses Assn. questions statistics’ validity
November 4, 2003
Federal officials on Monday released critiques on 155 home health care agencies in Kansas.
Sebelius to offer school-finance plan
Governor wants policy addressed in Statehouse, not just courts
November 4, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius promised Monday the courtroom would not be the only place school finance policy would be aired in coming months.
Guillen returns to Sox as skipper
Chicago names former infielder as Manuel’s replacement
November 4, 2003
Ozzie Guillen was certain he was the right person to be the new manager of the Chicago White Sox, regardless of what his resume did or didn’t say.
Tulsa homeless providers to connect with database of client information
November 4, 2003
The business of caring for the homeless has become more advanced than just passing out blankets and food.
Coach: Pressure off THS
November 4, 2003
Now that the do-or-die implications of the Class 4A state playoffs are here, Tonganoxie High football coach Mark Elston has one piece of advice for his team.
Ottawa seeking payback against Paola tonight
November 4, 2003
Ottawa High football coach Pat Boeh knows how difficult it is to win on an opponent’s home field twice in one season, but Paola did it to the Cyclones last year, so Boeh said it was time to return the favor.
Wellsville ‘playing lot better’
November 4, 2003
Never mind that Wellsville High’s football team started the season 0-5.
Eudora, Baldwin expect dogfight
Rivals open Class 4A football playoffs tonight at Eudora
November 4, 2003
If anything, the recent history of the Baldwin-Eudora high school football rivalry shows just how unpredictable this showdown can be. Another chapter will be written at 7 tonight, when the Bulldogs (7-2) and Cardinals (7-2) meet at Eudora.
Walk-on Bahe chasing dream
November 4, 2003
Nick Bahe is, so to speak, the new Kansas University walk-on basketball player on the block. Brett Olson, Christian Moody and Stephen Vinson all spent last season with the Jayhawks.
6Sports video: Fans to get a look at basics
November 4, 2003
KU faithful hoping to get a detailed look at the new offense will have to wait a bit.
6Sports video: Nash to start against EA Sports
November 4, 2003
Bryant Nash will be in the starting lineup against the EA Sports All-Stars, but the permanent starting five has not yet been decided.
6Sports video: Haskell falls to McPherson
November 4, 2003
The Fightin’ Indians were unable to pay back McPherson College for last year’s losses.
6Sports video: Rim Rock Farm kind to local runners
November 4, 2003
Free State High’s Alysha Valencia and Danny Schneider came away with all-state honors at the Kansas Class 6A state meet.
6News video: Utilities burden might be lighter than feared
November 4, 2003
Natural gas prices will be higher this winter than last, but the good news is that they may not be as high as was predicted, thanks to an adequate supply.
6News video: Cemetery draws unwanted visitors
November 4, 2003
Five Johnson County teenagers were cited by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at Stull Cemetery for criminal trespassing.
6News video: Neighborhood seeks zoning change
November 4, 2003
Residents in west Lawrence want a plot of land formerly set aside for a hotel to be rezoned as residential, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department agrees.
Colder weather ahead
November 4, 2003
You might want to bring something besides tickets to tonight’s Jayhawks exhibition basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
6News video: Voting precincts being redrawn
November 4, 2003
Letters and voter registration cards are being mailed to Douglas County residents whose precincts have been changed in an effort to cut down long lines at the polls.
Not a matter of modesty
November 4, 2003
Everything I know about diversity, I learned from Captain Kirk. Well, that’s not quite true. There’s also Captain Picard.
Medicare a high-stakes debate
November 4, 2003
A Medicare deal would be Washington’s most impressive accomplishment in at least a decade because it would show progress can trump political ideology when it really matters.
Meet the Journal-World Teen Board
November 4, 2003
What a year it’s been. Since the Lawrence Journal-World began a teen advisory board in fall 2002, more than 30 students have become members. Some of them write stories; some just like to contribute ideas. And that number doesn’t include dozens of students who have submitted contest entries, poems, reviews and story ideas.
Justice calls for new county judge
Average caseload continues to climb as budget woes prevent additional staff
November 4, 2003
Bob Gernon would be happy to pound his gavel and order that Douglas County receive state financing for a sixth district court judge. If only it were that easy.
Sebelius silences waiting list critics
Social service groups await governor’s aid in new budget plan
November 4, 2003
When waiting lists for social services were growing under Republican Gov. Bill Graves, Democrats and advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities fumed.
Soph Vinson sets ‘The Standard’
November 4, 2003
Stephen Vinson vividly remembers stepping onto Naismith Court for the first time as a Kansas University basketball player.
Willing to wait
If Lawrence city commissioners aren’t satisfied with the current crop of proposals to reuse the former Carnegie library building, they should be willing to wait.
November 4, 2003
After a long tenure as the city’s public library and a prominent second chapter as home of the Lawrence Arts Center, the Carnegie building at Ninth and Vermont streets is looking for a third career.
North big box?
November 4, 2003
Drug money to help buy county vehicles
November 4, 2003
Douglas County’s Drug Enforcement Unit is buying five used cars, and drug dealers are helping pick up the $66,000 tab.
HINU falters down stretch in 85-81 loss
November 4, 2003
McPherson College forward Brian Hooks’ steal and breakaway dunk with 1:20 left was the exclamation point in erasing Haskell Indian Nations University’s 16-point, second-half lead.
Senator’s retirement blow to Democrats
November 4, 2003
A month after dropping out of the White House race, Sen. Bob Graham announced Monday he will retire when his term is up next year, dealing a blow to the Democrats’ bid to take back the Senate.
Southern, Western cities lure most young, single college grads
November 4, 2003
Young, single, college-educated people flocked to Southern and Western cities during the late 1990s, helping to spur their rapid growth and booming economies, the Census Bureau reported Monday.
No room in preschool program for scores of at-risk children
November 4, 2003
Dozens of children are on a waiting list for the Lawrence school district’s preschool program for at-risk kids, officials said Monday.
U.S. seeks clues on helicopter strike
November 4, 2003
American troops hunted for anti-aircraft missiles along Iraq’s trucking routes, digging through heaps of manure, mounds of hay or piles of pomegranates Monday. The U.S. Army retrieved the wreckage of a downed transport helicopter and searched for clues about who knocked it from the sky.
November brings that sweeping feeling
November 4, 2003
A night of very special episodes, guest stars and controversy: it can only mean that we’re knee-deep in sweeps month stuntsmanship.
The future is now
Self not yet set on permanent starting lineup
November 4, 2003
Bill Self likes to pick a starting lineup and stick with it. “I want to get a five and hopefully go with the five. Right now, I couldn’t tell you who the five will be,” Self, Kansas University’s first-year coach, said Monday on the eve of tonight’s exhibition opener against EA Sports All-Stars. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse, with a live telecast on channels 13 and 38 (Sunflower Broadband channels 13, 15).
Woodling: Venerable fieldhouse could use good scrubbing
November 4, 2003
Every time I see the exterior of Allen Fieldhouse in the daylight, I think of one of those between-innings promotions at minor-league baseball games. As the teams change sides, the announcer advises the owner of a car with a certain license plate to pick up a certificate for a free car wash because that fan’s automobile has just been judged the dirtiest car in the parking lot.
Patriots’ late drive dooms Broncos
Belichick’s strategy pays off as Brady leads winning march
November 4, 2003
New England and Denver were riddled with injuries. But the Patriots had a healthy quarterback and shrewd coaching strategy.
Knicks claim first victory
Magic misfire on 75 percent of field goals
November 4, 2003
The Orlando Magic’s wayward shooting helped the New York Knicks break into the win column. The Knicks held the Magic to 25 percent shooting and won, 75-68, Monday night to avoid their second 0-3 start in as many seasons.
Former KVSA director denies allegation
November 4, 2003
Frank Trovato, former executive director of the Kaw Valley Soccer Assn., disagrees with an allegation in a story in Monday’s Journal-World.
Soph Niang adds bulk
November 4, 2003
After seeing limited action as a freshman, Moulaye Niang is ready for a bigger work load as a sophomore at Kansas University.
Bigger Moody plans to push back this season
November 4, 2003
The biggest lesson Christian Moody learned last year as a freshman men’s basketball player at Kansas University was that it’s no fun getting pushed around constantly.
CBS dumps Reagan miniseries
Network denies political motives; show to air next year on Showtime
November 4, 2003
Capping an extraordinary conservative furor over a movie virtually no one has seen, CBS said Tuesday it will not air “The Reagans” and shunt it off to the Showtime cable network instead.
Briefly
November 4, 2003
¢ Paul Newman donates to tornado relief ¢ Plane crash injures 3 from Hesston College ¢ Police chief dies
Giddens basking in media glow
November 4, 2003
J.R. Giddens peered into a half dozen television cameras, flashing a wide smile for the masses who attended Kansas Basketball Media Day on Oct. 17 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Two Texas recruits make oral commitments to Jayhawks
November 4, 2003
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino put more of an emphasis on recruiting in Texas this season, and that move appears to be paying off. The Jayhawks have received an oral commitment from Marcus Herford of Cedar Hill, Texas, according to rivals.com.
White Sox made right move with Ozzie
November 4, 2003
Well, it’s about time. Not about time Ozzie Guillen got a shot to manage a team. He isn’t even 40. He hasn’t had to wait. No, it’s about time a White Sox player was asked to come back and run the club.
Daily ticker
November 4, 2003
Senators find trading practices shocking
SEC director says agency ‘aggressively’ pursuing investors who illegally traded mutual funds
November 4, 2003
Senators of both parties lashed out Monday at the Securities and Exchange Commission for what they said was its failure to detect abuses in a mutual fund trading scandal enveloping the $7 trillion industry with a traditionally clean image.
Horoscopes
November 4, 2003
Area briefs
November 4, 2003
¢ Homeowner missing after destructive fire ¢ Truck driver convicted of battery in collision ¢ Uncle to stand trial for role in fatal crash ¢ Cordley writing board deemed safe of lead
Iraqis must develop own democracy
November 4, 2003
The symbol of today’s Iraq might well be the newly trained traffic police who stand at intersections and bravely raise their hands to stop oncoming cars. No one pays the least bit of attention as they speed by the cops.
Prairie Village students challenge problems with heavy backpacks
November 4, 2003
Students in this suburb of Kansas City may have found a way to rid themselves of a schoolroom staple — the textbook.
Serials have suspense element built in
Franchise movie installments keep audiences coming back for more
November 4, 2003
A year has passed since Frodo and Sam continued their ominous trek to Mordor. It’s been six months since Neo lay comatose alongside his nemesis. And three more months will pass before the vengeful Bride gets a chance to kill Bill.
Benson, Cody, Welker honored by Big 12
November 4, 2003
Cedric Benson of Texas, Oklahoma’s Dan Cody and Wes Welker of Texas Tech were named Big 12 Conference players of the week Monday.
Chiefs back to work with renewed enthusiasm
November 4, 2003
The unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs fanned out across the country during their weeklong vacation, with Dante Hall probably making the biggest splash by appearing on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman.”
Lee recovered from knee woe
November 4, 2003
A sprained left knee kept Michael Lee off his feet for six weeks last summer. The inactivity hit Lee where it hurts … right in the gut.
Wing’ healthy, Simien says
November 4, 2003
Somewhere stashed in a drawer or perhaps in a closet in the Kansas University athletic department’s training area is a shoulder brace, slightly used.
Miles comes to pass
November 4, 2003
Midway through his college basketball career, Aaron Miles is on pace to crush Kansas University’s all-time career assist record.
Hawkins happy to have clean slate
November 4, 2003
Changes abound for Kansas University’s basketball team this season — whether it be a new coach, new court or even new clothes.
Freshman Case confident
November 4, 2003
Jeremy Case didn’t make a great impression the first time he played with Kansas University’s basketball team.
1883 Concordia mansion for sale
House’s asking price: $200,000
November 4, 2003
The three-story, Victorian-style home with a walkout basement, 23 rooms — including five bedrooms, a ballroom, four fireplaces — and a guest house with a double fireplace has been Caroline Gocke’s home for 34 years.
Notebook
November 4, 2003
Ryan Wood’s Weekly Football Report
November 4, 2003
Olson relishes practice role
November 4, 2003
If you see the word overachiever in a sentence, chances are Brett Olson will be in it, too. The Kansas University walk-on, now a graduate student, is back for another season of playing the role of practice warrior.
Overlooked’ Langford motivated
November 4, 2003
If Kansas University had made one more three-pointer, made a few more free throws or got a hand in hand in Gerry McNamara’s face one more time, things might have been different.
West Lawrence neighborhood asks for rezoning to avoid new hotel
November 4, 2003
Today, the 11-acre piece of ground off Legends Drive is a vacant lot surrounded by houses and duplexes. But in 1989, the late Lawrence developer Bob Billings envisioned it as the centerpiece of a major corporate development.
Senior Graves puts his past behind
November 4, 2003
Taking things for granted is something Jeff Graves will never do again. Not while he’s a member of the Kansas University men’s basketball team. Not while he’s enjoying the good life of a college athlete. Not while he’s in shape coming into this season.
Heart attack warnings for women analyzed
Headaches, fatigue can be early signs of cardiac trouble
November 4, 2003
Unusual fatigue and sleeplessness might be early warning signs of a heart attack in women, a study suggests.
Supreme Court to hear arguments on patients’ rights
November 4, 2003
The Supreme Court said Monday it would use the case of a Texas woman whose HMO gave her only one day in the hospital to recover from a hysterectomy to clarify when patients can sue health insurers for denying treatment that a doctor recommends.
Briefly
November 4, 2003
¢ Full containment of wildfires near ¢ Tiny gold shells may help fight cancer ¢ State becomes third to ban ephedra ¢ Fines proposed in rat-control battle ¢ Defense Department settles with Linda Tripp ¢ Company to phase out flame retardants
Briefly
November 4, 2003
¢ Airport board honors Hope ¢ Deadly flooding hits resort ¢ Trial satellite launched
Area briefs
November 4, 2003
¢ Perry Lake boat crash investigation nears end ¢ Two students charged in school break-ins ¢ Wreck victim’s family seeking restitution ¢ City crews to practice snow removal routes
Review: Drummers of Japan perform commanding, high-energy show
November 4, 2003
The intensity and overall enthusiasm of Wadaiko Yamato, the Drummers of Japan, are enough to get an entire crowd on its feet — literally.
Revenues dictate flat spending
Experts forecast state budget with limited flexibility
November 4, 2003
No funding increase for public schools or higher education, more people on waiting lists for social services, and no state employee pay raise. That’s what budget experts forecast Monday when they released revenue projections for the next fiscal year.
Kirwin wildlife refuge’s changes raise concerns
November 4, 2003
The mountains of trees — some dead or dying, others simply troublesome imports — litter the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.
Cowboys put loss in past
Coach concedes OSU didn’t stand chance against Oklahoma
November 4, 2003
Two days of film study simply drove home the point to Oklahoma State coach Les Miles: The Cowboys really had no chance of beating archrival Oklahoma.
Nash eager for finale
Senior hopes for breakout season
November 4, 2003
A black-and-white picture gracing the cover of this year’s Kansas University men’s basketball media guide isn’t the best of him, senior Bryant Nash says.
Raiders blaming Callahan for free-fall
November 4, 2003
Rod Woodson jokingly offered up the idea of hanging a suggestion box outside Oakland’s practice facility for anybody who thinks they can solve the mess the Raiders are in.
Padgett expects nightly ‘war’
November 4, 2003
Welcome to Kansas University basketball, David Padgett. Here is your official greeting: First, you guard Drew Gooden and Nick Collison in your initial two public summer pick-up games. Then you can try to muscle up with Wayne Simien and Jeff Graves once season practice starts.
Wilkes in for culture — and weather — shock
November 4, 2003
Have pity for whomever broke the news to Omar Wilkes about landlocked Kansas.
Missouri has inside track to North title
November 4, 2003
The Oklahoma Sooners have taken all the fun out of the Big 12 South race. Good thing the folks in the North have made their division so interesting.
Southern Cal No. 2 in BCS
November 4, 2003
Miami’s first regular-season loss in more than three years cleared a path for Southern California to get to the Sugar Bowl.
Saudis foil terror attack in Mecca
November 4, 2003
Police clashed with suspected al-Qaida sympathizers in the streets of the sacred city of Mecca on Monday, killing two militants and uncovering a cache of weapons, including Kalashnikov rifles, grenades and bomb-making materials.
Afghan draft constitution aims to unite Islamic state
November 4, 2003
Two years after the fall of the Taliban, the Afghan government unveiled a historic draft constitution Monday, aiming to cast aside a quarter-century of conflict with a unified Islamic state under a powerful presidency.
People
November 4, 2003
¢ Plunging into publishing ¢ Chocolate chip therapy ¢ Setting the secret straight ¢ Diana tapes create controversy